SEBERG should have been a great movie. It wasn't. Kristen Stewart did a fine job playing the late actress Jean Seberg but the film was garbage. At WSWS yesterday, James Brewer noted:
Seberg had her life tragically and deliberately destroyed by the FBI because of her sympathy for and association with radical causes, including the Black Panther Party. Seberg became a target by the time, in 1969, Director J. Edgar Hoover identified the Black Panthers as “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country” and ordered round-the-clock surveillance under his secret and illegal COINTELPRO operation.
The actress first became “collateral” and was then put directly “in the crosshairs” by Hoover. Seberg had long been sympathetic to the cause of equality. She was only one of many celebrities targeted by the FBI, including Jane Fonda, Marlon Brando, Vanessa Redgrave and, a bit later, former Beatle John Lennon. Largely as a result of the political and psychological pressure, Seberg committed suicide in 1979, at the age of 40.
The problem with Andrews’ Seberg is that history is used here primarily as a stylized backdrop to pull the viewer, in the director’s words, “into an emotional experience” that burrows its “way into your dreams.” The underlying assumption is a common one of contemporary filmmakers: that audience members don’t want to concern themselves with historical “nuances.” They just want a good, i.e., a palatable story. Seberg reveals the creators’ embarrassing lack of interest in the social and historical context of Seberg’s time.
Artistic license is reasonable in cinema when used in the service of a greater truth. On the other hand, however, our age is characterized by vast official falsification and deception intended to keep the population unaware and suppressed.
Unhappily, Andrews and the writers made the decision to craft their narrative in a way that ties the antagonists—the FBI, the black militant movement and the actress—into a neat, “inter-active” package that largely excludes the overall character of the period in question and distorts the real nature of all three phenomena.
That's a taste of his review. I consider it garbage. It's not garbage because Brewer's a liar, it's garbage because he's an idiot.
First off, back in May, Ava and C.I. served up "Media: Lies and liars all around" and they took on that awful film. They did so much better than James Brewer does. James chooses off scene moments -- why, oh, why didn't they know that in this month Jean's husband was in Paris and in that month . . .
Oh, shut the bulls**t.
Ava and C.I. noted the realities. And the biggest reality is that the CIA was part of this.
James Brewer is a f**king idiot who doesn't Jean's story at all.
In the film, they have Jean hounded after Joyce Harber's blind item runs, the press runs after her. That never happened. Joyce's blind item came and went and was forgotten.
Jean miscarries when NEWSWEEK runs a non-blind item. That item is filed from overseas, from France.
For years, in fact until C.I. got online, the lie has been Harber ran her item in THE LOS ANGLES TIMES and Jean miscarried and her life was destroyed.
And as C.I. rightly pointed out, Joyce wasn't sued by Jean and her husband, NEWSWEEK was.
Jean Seberg was targeted by the full weight of the US government -- not just the FBI but the CIA as well. The CIA was used to destroy an American citizen.
And James can't tell you that or much of anything because he's just too damn stupid.
When C.I. started addressing this online -- she's done so repeatedly over the years -- she would be enraged by the lies and I'm getting it now, I'm getting how enraged she was and why.
FAIR and COUNTERSPIN, for example, have worked overtime for years now to lie about what happened to Jean.
I expect better from WSWS -- but I get that it's ignorance in this case, not lying.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Human Rights Watch calls out the targeting of Iraqi activists, Turkey bombs to death two Iraqi civilians and we take a look at the RNC and at a very xenophobic response to one speech.
The Republican convention continues this week. Last night Malania Trump spoke.
We are noting the speech because there are things I do not tolerate. Those things would include attacking someone because they have an accent.
Malania's English is fine, possibly perfect. She has subject-verb down, for example. This is not her native tongue. So great job learning English -- one of many languages that she speaks.
If she didn't speak English well, it would be understandable and nothing to mock, but she speaks English very well.
I've not dealt with Malania here and I've only really noted her in a piece Ava and I did in 2016 about a comedy show -- one we had been looking forward to -- thought the way to represent Malania Trump was to mock her accent. This was done by a woman of color, a woman who herself had been mocked, a woman we know. And we were grossly disappointed in that woman.
Last night, Bette Midler chose to mock Malania.
I don't like Bette, I never have. I will give her credit when she does something right (she was excellent in season two of THE CANDIDATE, for example) but she's always been too rough and too much of a liar. I have always spoken out for LGBTQ so it amazed me, for example, when Bette's career was resurrected by DISNEY, Bette pretended not to know any gay people. She didn't know what went on in those baths she was performing in, for example. There's a VANITY FAIR cover story of Bette that resulted in everyone laughing at her and hastening the end of her film career as a leading lady. It was so many lies.
Bette's hard and she's rough and she's street and she's tacky. And she demonstrated it last night with her Tweet. She should be ashamed of herself.
The United States is a nation of many immigrants. Bette spat on every one last night. What Malania had to say didn't matter to Bette. She just wanted to mock Malania.
Bette looks hard, tough and mean-spirited. It's a look she's known for in the industry.
There was no need for it. Elaine noted Jonathan Turley on two adults terrorizing a small child because he had a MAGA hat.
Where is Joe Biden?
These are his supporters.
Joe and his campaign are at war. I was asked about that hat incident. I said get Joe in front of the camera, have him speak to the fact that it was wrong, have him say it's wonderful when any child in America knows who the president is and that we can support who we want in this country. None of that would have been hard for him or out of character for him. They attempted to talk him into doing it. At one point, he was going to and then he decided no, he wouldn't. It's a shame. It would have made him seem a lot more caring. Americans would have applauded it because, outside of the Bette Midlers, who's going to be so low as to support adults terrorizing a child. (I hope both women are sent to prison, that's what should happen. They are old enough to know better and they have no excuse for what they did.)
Joe claims he would restore the tone if he were president. Taking on that incident, calling it out, would go a long way towards backing up that claim. He probably won't call out Bette Midler's nonsense either.
What she did was hideous. Not criminal, but it was hideous. She made a lot of people question themselves -- "Do people think that about me when I speak?"
There is nothing wrong with an accent.
And anyone that has come to the US speaking another language and has learned English needs to be applauded because they learned a foreign language. Many born in the US know only one language.
There is no excuse for the bias and hatred aimed at immigrants and it's appalling whether it comes from someone on the right or someone on the left.
In an overt appeal to racism, his wife declared, “They’re not satisfied with spreading the violence and chaos into our communities, they want to abolish the suburbs altogether, by ending single-family home zoning. This forced rezoning would bring crime, lawlessness and low-quality apartments into now thriving suburban neighborhoods… So, make no mistake, no matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats’ America.”
Whether you agree with his analysis or not, please note that Barry took on the speech itself, he did not attack an immigrant for having an accent.
What Bette did was vile.
No immigrant deserved that. It's amazing the xenophobia and racism that Bette and so many others have gotten away with.
I hope I'm making it clear how offensive that was. In case I'm not, this is from Ava and my "TV: MAYA & MARTY" from June of 2016 and we're referring to Lorne Michaels in the first sentence below:
Maybe a non-elderly man who wasn't cloistered in Manhattan would've realized last week's skit mocking Melania Trump was crossing a line?
Melania Trump, for those who do not know, is the latest woman unfortunate enough to be married to Donald Trump.
For some reason, she was mocked by Maya Rudolph in a skit whose 'humor' revolved around the fact that Melania has an accent because she was born in Slovenia.
That's progressive humor?
Mocking someone because of their accent?
Turning them into "the other"?
It's amazing how often, on the left, we drop our beliefs if we think it will help us. It's why so many will quickly traffic in racism (hello, David Brock) or sexism (Keith Olbermann, you are never forgotten) to attempt a takedown 'from the left.'
It was a disgusting moment.
It was also a puzzling one.
If you needed to do political -- and we honestly do not believe a summer variety show needs to -- skit, last week it would have made more sense to do a skit about Hillary Clinton's e-mails since all of her public statements were rebuked by the report from the State Department's Inspector General.
So a skit on that would have at least passed for timely.
Even stranger still, the skit featured Kate McKinnon.
That would be the same McKinnon whose been getting laughs this year and last on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE for her impersonation of candidate Hillary Clinton.
But McKinnon didn't play Hillary.
She just participated in a tasteless skit making fun of the fact that a foreign-born person had an accent.
It was offensive and it wasn't funny -- not even in a so-crudely-offensive-you-laugh-in-shock manner.
Four years later and we're still putting up with this nonsense?
Better days are coming but not fast enough. As Cass sang, "There's a new world coming."
May we all live to see that new world.
Although Turkey’s military incursions targeting Kurds in Iraq are not new, Baghdad’s response to its latest round of hostilities is unprecedented. Iraq’s newly instated prime minister, Kadhimi, has pledged to reexamine some of Baghdad’s regional relationships. Kadhimi’s political platform centers on the prioritization of Iraq’s sovereignty and condemnation of foreign intervention in the country. He has consistently denounced Iran’s interference in Iraq’s political sphere, as well as the scope of US military presence on the ground.
Although Kadhimi views Turkey’s military presence in Northern Iraq as a threat to its sovereignty, he will likely stop at diplomatic measures to counter Ankara’s violations. Kadhimi is currently grappling with escalating US-Iranian conflict on Iraqi soil, economic collapse, the spread of coronavirus and rebuilding his citizens trust in government. The prime minister cannot afford to completely cut off ties or to wage military action against its neighbor amid this uncertainty. Ankara’s surge in military action in the Iraq’s northern districts is likely intended to test the prime minister’s resolve in countering foreign presence. In fact, Turkey’s foreign ministry announced it would sustain its cross-border operations against Kurds in northern Iraq as long as Baghdad continues to “overlook the militants’ presence in the region.”
Does the prime minister have the strength to defend Iraq's national sovereignty? He doesn't appear to have the strength to defend Iraqi activists at present. This morning, Human Rights Watch's Belkis Wille Tweets:
Among the activists killed was Dr. Reham Yacoub.
Anas Bakhash devotes an episode of his program AB TALKS to Iraqi women (there is closed captioning in English).
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